UK holiday cottages for August

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Clovelly Cottage Z47, granite cottage with fine long views out to sea

A mile inland from Mousehole by hedgerow lane is the hamlet of Sheffield (cluster of sturdy granite cottages surrounded by farmland), perched high looking seaward. Recently discovered artefacts reveal this area has been inhabited since Mesolithic ...

The Queach Z45, traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning sea views

150 yards up from Mousehole’s bustling little centre of shops, pubs, cafés and pretty harbour is The Queach, a very traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning right-out-to-sea views. A few granite steps and a pretty bit of front garden rai...

Venwyn Manor Z442, single-storey, stone-built cottage, well-decorated

1½ miles inland from both Carbis Bay and St Ives but peacefully in farmland, a single-storey, stone-built cottage, semi-detached from the owners’ house. Plenty of space outside; own patio and garden area looking on large courtyard with fishpond an...

Tregwynne Z41,semi-detached,19th cent.,slate and granite cottage with long views

In Rinsey, ½ mile from the cove beach and coastal path and ¾ mile from a good food pub, a semi-detached, 19th cent., slate and granite cottage with long views across farmland to the sea and along the coast. At the front, hedge and parking; at the ...

Trecam Z28, recently built semi-detached cottage on the seaward edge of Pendeen

On the seaward edge of Pendeen, known as Lower Boscaswell, a recently built semi-detached cottage blending in with its 18th cent. neighbouring stone cottages, but with the benefit of 21st cent. insulation and comfort. At the front, a neat gravelle...

Glebe Farmhouse Z24, sturdy, detached, 19th cent. stone cottage

In Brane, snuggling amongst its sister cottages, a sturdy, detached, 19th cent. stone cottage. A neat garden, safely enclosed by a wall, with large lawn (good for ball games, table/chairs) surrounds it. Inside, depth-of-cottage living room (20...

Penti Dowran Z21, 17th cent. granite cottage good for relaxing

In Dowran, a Grade II listed, 17th cent. granite cottage, 30 yards of hardcore track from the lane. Enclosed, sheltered, mature lawn/shrub garden (barbecue) back and front, good for energetic youngsters or for relaxing. Inside, lots of pine fl...

Mural Cottage Z19, split-level, terraced, 18th cent., Grade II listed cottage

In the heart of Mousehole, 100 yards from the pub, shops and harbour, a split-level, terraced, 18th cent., Grade II listed, fisherman’s cottage with a tiny, traffic-free lane at the back. Front door from the tiny ‘no through road??? lane to ha...

East Barn T6, detached thatched stone cottage set back from the quiet lane

In Crowan, by the church (bells 10.30am Sunday mornings/Thursday evenings) and set back from the quiet lane, two little detached thatched stone cottages thoughtfully converted from old barns. Both have their own little sitting-out area (tables/cha...

Mazeys Cottage T11, stone cottage with fantastic panoramic views

½ mile from Germoe, on a 15 acre smallholding (sheep, friendly collie dogs, chickens), a stone cottage well converted from 18th cent. barns. Solar panels, a small wind turbine and 21st cent. insulation make it very comfortable and ecologically fri...
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